U.S. President Trump Vetoes War Powers Resolution Calling For End Of U.S. Involvement In Yemen War

New York Times: Trump Vetoes Measure to Force End to U.S. Involvement in Yemen War
“President Trump vetoed a bipartisan resolution on Tuesday that would have forced an end to American military involvement in Saudi Arabia’s civil war in Yemen, rejecting an appeal by lawmakers to his own deeply rooted instincts to withdraw the United States from bloody foreign conflicts. The veto, only the second time Mr. Trump has used his power to block legislation passed by both houses of Congress, strikes down a resolution that invoked the War Powers Act to distance the United States from a four-year conflict that has killed thousands of civilians and resulted in a widespread famine…” (Landler/Baker, 4/16).

POLITICO: Trump vetoes resolution on ending U.S. role in Yemen civil war
“…All Democrats and several Republicans — including Trump allies — in both chambers backed the War Powers resolution amid a worsening humanitarian crisis in Yemen, where Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have sought to overthrow the country’s government. Others voted for the bill as a way to punish Saudi Arabia for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi…” (Desiderio, 4/16).

Wall Street Journal: Trump Vetoes Resolution to End U.S. Military Aid for Saudi-Led Yemen War
“… ‘This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and brave service members, both today and in the future,’ Mr. Trump said in a statement on Tuesday. ‘Apart from counterterrorism operations against al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIS, the United States is not engaged in hostilities in or affecting Yemen’…” (Salama, 4/16).

Washington Post: Trump vetoes resolution to end U.S. participation in Yemen’s civil war
“…This month’s House vote marked the first time both chambers had acted to invoke the same war-powers resolution to end U.S. military engagement in a foreign conflict. It also represented the latest instance of Congress’s challenging Trump’s decisions as commander in chief. The veto means the United States will continue its involvement in Saudi Arabia’s bombing campaign against Yemen’s Houthi rebels, waged in the name of holding back Iran’s expansion in the region…” (Sonmez, 4/16).

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